Daemen PTs Treat Mongolian Judo Champ

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM EDT

By Dan Miner, Business First

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Daemen PTs Treat Mongolian Judo Champ

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM EDT

Daemen College physical therapists recently continued their relationship with an unusual client: Naidan Tüvshinbayar, a two-time Olympic medalist in Judo from Mongolia.

Tüvshinbayar won a silver medal in the 2012 London summer Olympics but suffered a serious left knee injury in the final bout, according to a Daemen news release. He received successful surgery on the knee by Buffalo surgeon Dr. John Marzo and then received treatment from Daemen's physical therapists.

Tüvshinbayar's first visit to Western New York came after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he became the first Mongolian ever to win a gold medal. At that time, he received medical evaluation and treatment from Marzo and the Daemen team for an injury to his right knee.

Tüvshinbayar's wikipedia page says his athletic pursuits have earned him election as a state-honored athlete and "hero of labor" in Mongolia. His visits to the Buffalo region come from a friendship between Carmen Cabell, Consul of Mongolia in New Jersey, and Roger Trevino, of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, and Seymour Knox IV. The Daemen news release says Tüvshinbayar credits Dr. Marzo with extending his Olympic career and second medal.

Tüvshinbayar has traveled back to Mongolia and will continue his rehabilitation, including ongoing consultants with Dr. Greg Ford, chair of Daemen's Physical Therapy Department, and other college officials.